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MDHS begins process of replacing SNAP benefits for fraud victims

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The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) has received federal approval to replace stolen Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for victims of fraud.

Theft usually occurs from scams, including skimming and cloning, where scammers obtain SNAP EBT numbers and Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) to gain access to SNAP benefits.

Beginning Monday, MDHS will start the process of replacing stolen SNAP EBT benefits for eligible recipients. If eligible for replacement benefits, the total replacement amount cannot exceed the amount of the stolen benefits or the amount equal to two months of the household’s SNAP benefits.

Most eligible SNAP households will receive replacement benefits issued to their new SNAP EBT Cards within 10 days of approval of their claim.

Those who suspect that their benefits were stolen can report the alleged theft to the MDHS Office of Inspector General here or by calling 1-800-299-6905.

Those who experienced stolen benefits between October 1, 2022, and August 13, 2023, must report the theft by October 13. Benefits stolen on or after August 14 must be reported within 30 days of discovering the theft.

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